LARAMIE, Wyo. - Justine Tydings has been hired as an assistant director of player development for the University of Wyoming women's soccer team, head coach Pete Cuadrado announced Thursday. She brings with her four years of coaching experience and four years of collegiate play from Eastern New Mexico.
"We are very excited to have Justine become the first-full time assistant director of player development for the Wyoming soccer program," UW head coach Pete Cuadrado said. "One characteristic that drew us to Justine is her commitment in being a collegiate soccer coach, and her efforts to continually improve on her abilities."
Tydings joins Wyoming's staff after serving as an assistant coach at Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, Mo. Furthermore, she was an assistant coach at Western State Colorado, as well as two years being assistant coaches at the high school level with a year in Lubbock, Texas, and the other in Portales, N.M.
"Justine has a proven track record of helping establish college soccer programs and has had a great deal of input in developing and furthering the successes of the programs she has been a part of thus far. Overall, as we look to improve as a program I feel that Justine will be right in the middle of that improvement process," Cuadrado added.
At Missouri Western State, Tydings was an assistant coach working with goalkeepers and focused in recruiting and travel coordination. She helped coach the team to the best season in program history with a record of 9-9-1, with the Griffon's first appearance at the MIAA tournament. Tydings also was an assistant coach at Western State Colorado assisting with daily player development, recruiting and the lead goalkeeper coach. Tydings helped start the inaugural season of NCAA women's soccer for Western State Colorado and assisted in recruiting 28 student-athletes to compete at the Division II level.
Tydings earned her master's of applied sciences in sports and fitness management at Missouri Western State. Tydings was a four-year starter at Eastern New Mexico as a key defender. She was a three-time Lone Star Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week in 2011, as well as the Eastern New Mexico Academic Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she was team captain in 2009-10 and on the Lone Star Conference Commissioners Honor Roll all four years.